The art and science of determining the origins and causes of fires and explosions are like assembling a jigsaw puzzle without the picture or the box. Most of the time, the origins and causes of fires can be determined and documented. Intentional or incendiary fires are often not difficult to recognize.

Why and When Should You Contact the Fire P.I.:

  • If a fire or explosion that happened to your property was an accident or you do not know how it happened
  • If you did not intentionally set the fire and others think you did
  • If others are questioning you about a fire involving your property and/or your life
  • If you need expert testimony for plaintiffs or defendants
  • Because he is experienced, thorough, objective, licensed, certified, and passionate about his work
  • When you or your client disagrees with an orgin + cause determination

What the Fire P.I. Can Do for You:

  • Visit and investigate the fire scene; take photos and notes and interview clients. If there is no actual scene, the Fire P.I. will request all available documentation.
  • Interview workers, neighbors, local authorities, and others pertinent to the case.
  • Develop and study information and build a case file.
  • Coordinate efforts with clients, attorneys, and/or insurance adjustors in an effort to produce defensible, technical opinions.
  • Provide timely reports to client, attorney, and/or adjustor concerning conclusions, opinions, and recommendations.
  • Evaluate others' origin + cause and offer technically defensible options

What You Can Do for the Fire P.I.:

If you want help, you will be asked to provide the following kinds of information:

  • Sketches of damaged areas with furniture and/or equipment placement and description
  • Blueprints or architectural drawings of the structure
  • Pictures of the structure before, during, and after the fire or explosion
  • Media pictures of the fire or explosion (Identify local media) and/or surveillance video
  • Insurance company's Origin and Cause report
  • Raw sample analysis data, if available
  • Local authorities (police, fire, and/or EMS) incident reports
  • Names and contact information of people who may know about or may have witnessed the incident
  • Inventory of contents in damaged areas
  • Identification of possible ignition sources in damaged rooms
  • The transcripts of interviews, hearings, depositions, and/or trials, if available
  • Witness statements